Health authorities in Quang Binh Province in central Vietnam have asked a hospital to punish several staff members whose "improper intervention" caused the death of a pregnant woman in April.
Duong Thi Ni, 24, was admitted to the General Hospital in Dong Hoi Town, the capital city of Quang Ngai, for a delivery on March 25, but her condition was deemed unstable, and she was given a C-section.
Ni died on April 4 due to the reflux of stomach fluid into the respiratory system after the surgery, causing severe lung inflammation that the hospital could not solve.
The Quang Ngai Health Department concluded after an investigation starting June 12 that the doctors and nurses at Dong Hoi Hospital were not well prepared with the situation and failed to withdraw the fluid properly.
It also said the team should have instructed the woman about not eating too much as a preventory measure.
The department said the team had not rightly assessed the condition of the woman and failed to provide adequate medical observation from the beginning.
After the death, several staff members at the hospital were unfriendly and non-cooperative with the family, increasing their suffering, the department said.
On June 11, a district hospital in Quang Ngai suspended two nurse midwives for alleged involvement in the deaths of a woman and her baby during delivery a couple days earlier.
The hospital chief said the midwives will be punished further if investigations confirmed their responsibility in the deaths.
Over the past two months, at least 14 maternal deaths, including three in Quang Ngai, have been reported across the country, and in some cases, the babies have died with their mother.
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